Katherine A. Gergen Barnett, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Katherine Gergen Barnett


Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett is the Vice Chair of Primary Care Innovation and Transformation in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC). She is also a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University School of Medicine and a fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. Prior to joining BMC in 2009, Dr. Gergen Barnett attended Yale University School of Medicine, worked at the NIH, and completed a fellowship studying a model of group prenatal care for women in low-income communities. At BMC, she has served in multiple leadership roles including as a chief resident, Director of Integrative Medicine, Medical Director, and Residency Director. Her primary clinical interests are behavioral health integration, preventive medicine, nutrition, mindfulness-based stress reduction, women’s health, and group medical care. Dr. Gergen Barnett’s research career has been primarily focused on innovative models of care to address chronic medical conditions, physician burnout, and engaging community partners in creating feasible solutions to increase health and wellness in urban communities. She is involved in local and state health policy in addressing health inequities and is a regular contributor to The Boston Globe, Boston Public Radio, and multiple television outlets.


  • Yale University School of Medicine, MD
  • Yale University, BA


  • Published on 4/20/2022

    Augsberger A, Toraif N, Young A, Dimitri NC, Bautista R, Pierre J, Le C, Idahor O, Jusme C, Gergen Barnett KA. COVID-19 shines a light on health inequities in communities of color: A youth-driven photovoice inquiry. J Community Psychol. 2022 Apr 20. PMID: 35441704.

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  • Published on 3/23/2022

    Gergen Barnett K, Mishuris RG, Williams CT, Bragg A, Semenya AM, Baldwin M, Howard J, Wilson SA, Srinivasan J. Telehealth's Double-Edged Sword: Bridging or Perpetuating Health Inequities? J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Mar 23. PMID: 35352272.

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  • Published on 2/11/2022

    Sharma S, Gergen Barnett K, Maypole JJ, Grochow Mishuris R. Evaluation of mHealth Apps for Diverse, Low-Income Patient Populations: Framework Development and Application Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Feb 11; 6(2):e29922. PMID: 35147502.

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  • Published on 11/17/2021

    Sullivan EE, Dwiel K, Hunt LS, Conroy K, Gergen Barnett K. Moving the needle on primary care burnout: Using a driver diagram to accelerate impact. Healthc (Amst). 2021 Dec; 9(4):100595. PMID: 34800785.

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  • Published on 11/25/2020

    Middleton A, Fitzgerald GK, Delitto A, Saper RB, Gergen Barnett K, Stevans J. Implementing stratified care for acute low back pain in primary care using the STarT Back instrument: a process evaluation within the context of a large pragmatic cluster randomized trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2020 Nov 25; 21(1):776. PMID: 33238964.

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  • Published on 11/25/2020

    Prom MC, Canelos V, Fernandez PJ, Gergen Barnett K, Gordon CM, Pace CA, Ng LC. Implementation of Integrated Behavioral Health Care in a Large Medical Center: Benefits, Challenges, and Recommendations. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2021 07; 48(3):346-362. PMID: 33241465.

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  • Published on 10/1/2020

    Sprague Martinez LS, Tang Yan C, Augsberger A, Ndulue UJ, Libsch EA, Pierre JS, Freeman E, Gergen Barnett K. Changing The Face Of Health Care Delivery: The Importance Of Youth Participation. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 10; 39(10):1776-1782. PMID: 33017230.

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  • Published on 8/27/2019

    Gergen Barnett K, Berchuck CM, Berg E. Curbing Health Care Costs by Aligning Incentives for Health and Social Systems. Popul Health Manag. 2020 04; 23(2):105-106. PMID: 31453736.

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  • Published on 3/7/2019

    Gardiner P, Lestoquoy AS, Negash NL, Luo M, Gergen-Barnett K, Saper R, Penti B, White LF, Liebschutz JM. Lessons Learned and Strategies for Recruitment of Diverse, Low-income Patients into an Integrative Medical Group Visit Clinical Trial. Explore (NY). 2019 May - Jun; 15(3):215-221. PMID: 31056423.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    Pace CA, Gergen-Barnett K, Veidis A, D'Afflitti J, Worcester J, Fernandez P, Lasser KE. Warm Handoffs and Attendance at Initial Integrated Behavioral Health Appointments. Ann Fam Med. 2018 07; 16(4):346-348. PMID: 29987084.

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